Frank Ledwell was a highly respected writer of poetry and prose who captured the spirit of Prince Edward Island and transformed it into words. He chronicled his memories of the Island’s past people and stories, especially those he had known. After retiring from university teaching in 1996, he braved the stage to develop as a performer, reading his poems and telling his stories with audiences from schoolchildren to seniors, especially with the trio, Crowbush. Always a vocal and active supporter of Island writing and publishing, he was the first recipient of the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts and was PEI’s Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2007. He received the Order of Prince Edward Island in 2006.
Frank and his wife Carolyn (Duffy) raised six children, Jane, Patrick, Emily, Thomas, Daniel, and Christian, who all grew up devoted to books and words and music and the arts. Professor Emeritus Frank Ledwell passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2008. The well-loved English professor and poet died at his home of 35 years on the Loyalist Road, PEI.